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11th Jun '17 3:28:34 PM nombretomado
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* Parodied on ''{{Zoolander}}'', where the title character's cell phone is impractically tiny.

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* Parodied on ''{{Zoolander}}'', ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'', where the title character's cell phone is impractically tiny.
21st Apr '17 4:06:03 PM Malady
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': With more than one GadgeteerGenius working on cellphones, and charging appropriately, the quality of a cellphone indicates either your connections to those Gadgeteers, or your ability to pay the price for such a cellphone:
** Such as the bPhone and the stuff Jadis's dad can make, as said in [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/stories/226-ayla-and-the-mad-scientist-chap-20 Ayla and the Mad Scientist (Chap 20)]]:
--> Jadis [...] pulled out her phone, which I now knew was a gift from her father. That meant it had features that even my bPhone probably didn’t have, although Bunny had designed an entire phone OS so that she could write or update apps for the phone to give it new functionality whenever she felt like it.
** Or the enhanced gPhone from [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/original-timeline/802-the-final-trump-working The Final Trump (Part 1)]]:
--> “Like I would give you just some mass market techno-trinket?” Zach asked with a grin. “I had ABBY assemble this inside a gPhone casing. It can do everything a gPhone can do- except maybe fink you out to the MCO- and a whole lot more. It has ten times the RAM, its battery holds 15 times the charge, and- hey, just check out the ‘handbook’ for all the apps, otherwise we’ll be here all day. I basically told ABBY to go for ‘awesome’, and I’d say that she did a good job of it.”
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20th Apr '17 7:31:08 PM Golondrina
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* In the "Jeffery's" recurring sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' the manager of a Jeffery's (designer clothing) store has a very tiny phone, about half the size of his thumb. In the last sketch he has a really large brick phone. When the sales clerks laugh at him he says "big is the new small. [[CameronDiaz Cami Diaz]] has one '''twice''' this size."

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* In the "Jeffery's" recurring sketch on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' the manager of a Jeffery's (designer clothing) store has a very tiny phone, about half the size of his thumb. In the last sketch he has a really large brick phone. When the sales clerks laugh at him he says "big is the new small. [[CameronDiaz [[Creator/CameronDiaz Cami Diaz]] has one '''twice''' this size."
8th Feb '17 3:43:28 PM CapnAndy
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In modern times, cell phones serve as a status symbol. Before the cell phone, there was the beeper, a sign that you were important and needed. In TheEighties and TheNineties, when mainstream cell phone ownership was starting to take root, carrying a cell phone was a shorthand for high status and wealth. Businessmen were always bound to show up with one.

Due to cell phones becoming mainstream in recent years, their role as a status symbol in media evolved. Sure, anyone might own one, but only the wealthiest had the ultra-advanced camera phone decorated with gems and a super fast internet connection. Special attention was paid to the brand and the utilities of the phone denote the character's status, making it ripe for ProductPlacement. Expect the RichBitch and the PhoneaholicTeenager to show up with one.

This trope is [[TropeBreaker slowly dying out]] in today's day and age. Cellphones have become so common in recent years that it's basically expected for someone to have one--also, having a top-of-the-line model doesn't mean that much anymore, as [[TechnologyMarchesOn it gets matched and outdated within a couple of months]], and [[SocietyMarchesOn society doesn't make a big deal]] about having an iPhone anymore since they've become the norm. Certain ''brands'' still play it straight to a point, but if the trope appears in contemporary fiction it's likely to be either {{satire}}, {{parody}} or {{deconstruction}}.

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In modern times, Once upon a time, cell phones serve served as a status symbol. Before the cell phone, there was the beeper, a sign that you In TheEighties, when they had just been invented and were important both too bulky and needed. In TheEighties and TheNineties, when mainstream cell phone ownership was starting to take root, too expensive for widespread use, carrying a cell phone was a shorthand for high status and wealth. Businessmen were always bound to show up with one. \n\nDue (The earliest examples of this variation on the trope use a beeper instead, but the intent is the same: to cell phones becoming show that the owner is important and needed.)

In TheNineties, as
mainstream in recent years, cell phone ownership was starting to take root, their role as a status symbol in media evolved. Sure, anyone might own one, but only the wealthiest had the ultra-advanced camera phone decorated with gems and a super fast internet connection. Special attention was paid to the brand and the utilities of the phone denote the character's status, making it ripe for ProductPlacement. Expect the RichBitch and the PhoneaholicTeenager to show up with one.

This trope is [[TropeBreaker slowly dying out]] in today's day and age. Cellphones have become so common in recent years affordable that [[SocietyMarchesOn it's basically expected for someone to have one--also, one]], and having a top-of-the-line model doesn't mean that much anymore, as anymore either, since [[TechnologyMarchesOn it gets matched it's probably got half a dozen nearly identical competitors and outdated within a couple of months]], and [[SocietyMarchesOn society doesn't make a big deal]] about having is only an iPhone anymore since they've become the norm.incremental upgrade to last year's model anyway]]. Certain ''brands'' still play it straight to a point, but if the trope appears in contemporary fiction it's likely to be either {{satire}}, {{parody}} or {{deconstruction}}.
12th Dec '16 7:29:21 AM Morgenthaler
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* In the 1980 comedy film ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', Rodney Dangerfield plays Al Czervik, a real-estate developer who is shown to be eccentric/filthy rich right from the start. He has a telephone right in his golf bag, which he answers while out on the course. This was not a typical "brick" phone, but from what we could see it was more like a typical 1970s desk phone, complete with an acoustic ringing bell and a coiled handset cord.
* The main characters in ''Film/{{Clueless}}'' all having mobile phones despite being in high school was intended as a joke about how spoilt and well-off they were. Modern viewers tend not to understand why a high school student with a mobile phone is supposed to be funny.
* Harry from ''Film/WhenHarryMetSally'' has a fake plastic car phone, just so he can fake talking on it, to look rich and important when someone else is talking on theirs.

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* In the 1980 comedy film ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', Rodney Dangerfield plays Al Czervik, a real-estate developer who is shown to be eccentric/filthy rich right from the start. He has a telephone right in his golf bag, which he answers while out on the course. This was not a typical "brick" phone, but from what we could see it was more like a typical 1970s desk phone, complete with an acoustic ringing bell and a coiled handset cord.
* The main characters in ''Film/{{Clueless}}'' all having mobile phones despite being in high school was intended as a joke about how spoilt and well-off they were. Modern viewers tend not to understand why a high school student with a mobile phone is supposed to be funny.
* Harry from ''Film/WhenHarryMetSally'' has a fake plastic car phone, just so he can fake talking on it, to look rich and important when someone else is talking on theirs.
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* In the 1980 comedy film ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'', Rodney Dangerfield plays Al Czervik, a real-estate developer who is shown to be eccentric/filthy rich right from the start. He has a telephone right in his golf bag, which he answers while out on the course. This was not a typical "brick" phone, but from what we could see it was more like a typical 1970s desk phone, complete with an acoustic ringing bell and a coiled handset cord.
* The main characters in ''Film/{{Clueless}}'' all having mobile phones despite being in high school was intended as a joke about how spoilt and well-off they were. Modern viewers tend not to understand why a high school student with a mobile phone is supposed to be funny.
* Harry from ''Film/WhenHarryMetSally'' has a fake plastic car phone, just so he can fake talking on it, to look rich and important when someone else is talking on theirs.
12th Dec '16 7:09:54 AM Morgenthaler
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30th Jul '16 6:02:28 PM nombretomado
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* In KimNewman's short story "Organ Donors", Sally Rhodes's new job includes being provided with a "portable phone", which is indicative of how important it is (although being Sally, she doesn't actually use it). Newman notes this as one of the things that makes the story an UnintentionalPeriodPiece.
* DaveBarry had a newspaper column in the late 90s or early 00s about how smaller cell phones and larger [=SUVs=] were the status symbols of the time. He predicted a lot of traffic accidents in the future: everyone will drive vehicles the size of Delaware, but they won't be able to watch the road because they'll be too distracted by losing their rice grain-sized cell phones mid-conversation.

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* In KimNewman's Creator/KimNewman's short story "Organ Donors", Sally Rhodes's new job includes being provided with a "portable phone", which is indicative of how important it is (although being Sally, she doesn't actually use it). Newman notes this as one of the things that makes the story an UnintentionalPeriodPiece.
* DaveBarry Creator/DaveBarry had a newspaper column in the late 90s or early 00s about how smaller cell phones and larger [=SUVs=] were the status symbols of the time. He predicted a lot of traffic accidents in the future: everyone will drive vehicles the size of Delaware, but they won't be able to watch the road because they'll be too distracted by losing their rice grain-sized cell phones mid-conversation.
29th May '16 9:15:04 PM LinTaylor
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* ''Literature/TouhouKourindouCuriositiesOfLotusAsia'' has a spin on this thanks to ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}''[='s=] SchizoTech setting. When Sumireko (a person from the Outside World) visits Kourindou, she unintentionally takes some wind out of Rinnosuke's sails by saying that the Outside World technology he has on display is 20-30 years out of date; in particular she's somewhat surprised to see an old model cellphone that doesn't fold. She then impresses Rinnosuke by showing him her smartphone and describing some of the things it can do.
29th May '16 7:11:11 PM Pichu-kun
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* Miyuki from ''Manga/NurseAngelRirikaSOS'' owning a cellphone in the mid-1990s (and as an elementary schooler no less) signifies her as wealthy.
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* An early 2000s episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' had the local RichBitch, Muffy, as the only character known to have a cell phone.

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* An early 2000s episode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}'' had the local RichBitch, Muffy, as the only character known to have a cell phone. Later episodes have everyone owning one.
12th Dec '15 9:15:38 PM Pichu-kun
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* The 2001 short ''A Kitty Bobo Show: Cellphones'' was about a cat who recently got a cellphone. Kitty Bobo is constantly annoyinghis friends by bragging about his phone. In the end he breaks it and his friends all get cellphones, causing him anguish because everyone else has one but him.

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* The 2001 short ''A Kitty Bobo Show: Cellphones'' was about a cat who recently got a cellphone. Kitty Bobo is constantly annoyinghis annoying his friends by bragging about his phone. In the end he breaks it and his friends all get cellphones, causing him anguish because everyone else has one but him.
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